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Herb Information
Name: Mugwort
Biological Name: Artemisia vulgaris

Compositae

Other Names: Mugwort, common mugwort, sailor's tobacco, felon herb
Parts Used: Leaves or root
Active Compounds:
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Volatile oil, containing linlool, l,8-cineole, b-thujone, borneol, a- and b- pinene, nerol, neryl acetate, linalul acetate, myrcene, vulgarole, a-, b- and g-cadinol, cadinenol, muurolol, spathulenol and others.

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Vulgarin, a sesquiterpene lactone

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Flavonoids; quercitin -3-rhamnoglucoside and 5,3-dihydroxy-3,7,4- trimethoxyflavone

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Coumarin derivatives; 7,8-methylendioxy-9-methoxycoumarin

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Triterpenes such as 3 b-hydroxurs-l2-en 27,28-dionic acid, b-amyrin, b-sitosterol.

Remedies For

Bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue, laxative, diaphoretic

Mugwort can be used wherever a digestive stimulant is called for. It will aid the digestion through the bitter stimulation of the juices whilst also providing a carminative oil. It has a mildly nervine action in aiding depression and easing tension, which appears to be due to the volatile oil, so it is essential that this is not lost in preparation. Mugwort may also be used as an emmenagogue in the aiding of normal menstrual flow.

Combinations : May be used widely where a bitter action is needed.

Dosage:

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes in a covered container. This should be drunk three times a day. Mugwort is used as a flavoring in a number of aperitif drinks.

Tincture: take l-4ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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